Diploma in Animal Ecology - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Diploma in Animal Ecology

Take your first step into animal conservation

Learn about animals and turn your love of nature into a meaningful career. In this one-year diploma, you’ll study animals in their natural habitats to better understand how we can protect their future.

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Moreton Bay
  • Fraser Coast
Refer to the program footnotes
Semester 1 or Semester 2
Program length (full-time)
1 year
Annual tuition fee 2021
Estimated total tuition fee *
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2021 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
  • Applicants from a non-English speaking background should refer to the English language requirements for further information.
Study locations QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast 013202
  • Moreton Bay 016611
  • Fraser Coast 019601
USC program code
Semester 1 or Semester 2
1 year full time or equivalent part time
Study mode
Blended Learning
Recommended prior study
English and one or more of the Sciences (e.g Biology)
Other requirements
Completion of Year 12 or equivalent
Total courses
Total units

In this program you will:

  • Learn about biodiversity, conservation, human-animal interactions, and the impacts of a changing environment
  • Study a wide range of marine and terrestrial wildlife, including sharks, snakes, birds, turtles and whales
  • Develop your skills and knowledge to work in ecotourism, in entry-level roles within Government and non-government wildlife management and conservation organisations, or as an environmental educator

On successful completion of the Diploma in Animal Ecology, and subject to meeting all other entry criteria, you may receive up to 96 units of credit towards the Bachelor of Animal Ecology.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry into the Diploma in Animal Ecology you need to be 17 years or older, or have completed Year 12 or equivalent. If you are from a non-English speaking background, you also need to meet USC’s English language requirements.

You also need to be eligible for an ATAR or selection rank equal to or above the minimum selection threshold. As this diploma is being offered for the first time in 2022, the Semester 1, 2022 ATAR/Selection Rank information is not yet available. For advice on your application, you can contact our Student Central team.

How to apply

Applications for 2022 are open now. For more information go to How to apply.

What will I study?

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The study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students MUST follow their commencing structure and use this study sequence to guide enrolment.

Program structure

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Study sequence

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